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Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario is the most populated city in Canada and the fourth largest city in North America.  It is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.  With over 2.6 million residents, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. 

Toronto was ranked the fourth most liveable city in the world out of 140 locations, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.


Fast Facts

  • Toronto is home to 2.6 million people.
  • Toronto has the second largest public transit system in North America and has the highest per capita ridership rate on the continent.
  • More than 100 countries maintain consulates in Toronto, testifying to its importance as a commercial and cultural centre in Canada.
  • Twenty-five per cent of Canada’s population is located within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of Toronto and more than 60 per cent of the U.S. population is within a 90-minute flight.
  • Toronto’s CN Tower is the world’s tallest tower at 553.33 m (1,815 feet, 5 inches).

Getting Down to Business

There are more internationally top-ranked and nationally top-ranked corporations in Toronto than any other Canadian city.  Toronto’s economy accounts for 11 percent of Canada’s GDP, or $144 billion in 2011. Toronto has over 84,500 businesses, many of which compete in international markets and export over $70 billion in goods and services around the world.

Toronto’s economy is incredibly diverse, with strong sectors ranging from film and television to life sciences.  The city is Canada’s professional and financial services capital, with nine of Canada’s ten largest law practices, nine of the top ten accounting firms and the top ten human resources and benefits firms in the country.

The business community is complemented by quality post-secondary academic institutions, including three universities and five colleges offering educational programs in a wide range of disciplines. Toronto is the national leader in post-secondary schools and graduates with more than 15,000 medical/biotechnology researchers, two top-ranked MBA schools and a strong academic focus on engineering, computer sciences and multi-media.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

The city government alone hosts over 30 cultural festival and events annually, and operates 10 historic museums. Combined with the music, art, theatre and cultural events hosted by other organizations and private businesses, there are more things to do in Toronto than there are days in the year.

Toronto is chock full of intimate venues, clubs and galleries hosting the best artistic talent from the city and Canada.  Larger venues host international music acts and Broadway-style shows.  Visitors who like their social scene on the large scale have options as well. The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world. Every September celebrities and film lovers flock to the city for the screening of over 300 films from more than 60 countries.

For those who prefer more traditional and pastoral pursuits, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest annual indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition in the world.

Recreation and Outdoors

Toronto is a highly walkable city and offers an endless supply of recreational activities in hundreds of parks and recreational facilities.  From beaches to zoos, there is an activity for everyone.

Nature is never far away in Toronto.  A network of trails meander through five watersheds, offering great places to run, cycle, hike, and ride horses.  Rouge Park is the city’s largest park and soon to be Canada’s first national urban park. A short ferry ride brings locals and visitors to the Toronto Islands, which include over 230 hectares of public parkland.

For those who prefer watching sports, Toronto is home to professional ice hockey, basketball, football (soccer) and Canadian football teams.

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